Canada: Man With HIV Who Had Unprotected Sex Imprisoned
July 2, 2002
Edgard Monge, 37, who had unprotected sex with four women while knowing he was infected with HIV was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison. The Kitchener, Ontario, man was responsible for infecting two of the women, plus a baby born to one of them. Justice Steve Glithero said he had to impose a sentence that would denounce the crime and deter others. Not only did Monge fail to tell the woman of his HIV status during their relationship, he also continued his silence after learning she was pregnant, Glithero pointed out. As a result, the mother did not have the chance to take medication that might have reduced the risk of transmission of the virus to her baby during pregnancy. She also breast-fed her child, perhaps passing the virus to her in this way. "His actions show a callous and cruel disregard for his own flesh and blood," Glithero said.Adapted from:
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